Every year, over 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK, facing tough questions, exhausting treatment and difficult emotions. These challenges affect not only those with cancer, but their family and friends, too.
The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then Maggie’s has continued to grow, with 20 Centres at major NHS cancer hospitals in the UK and abroad. Maggie's also has an Online Centre. Maggie’s programme of support has been shown to strengthen the physical and emotional wellbeing of people with cancer and their families and friends.
Maggie's Oxford is a purpose-built Centre in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital in Headington and is a warm and welcoming place where anyone affected by cancer can access friendly and professional support on a drop-in basis, completely free of charge.
Maggie’s Oxford is a place to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; a place where qualified experts provide emotional support; a place to meet other people or simply to sit quietly with a cup of tea.
Claire Marriott, Centre Head at Maggie’s Oxford comments “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been chosen by the WalkWithMe committee, and are looking forward to seeing people take on this incredible challenge for Maggie’s Oxford and Sue Ryder. Our Centre is funded entirely by voluntary donations; we don’t receive any government or NHS funding so we really do rely on support of events like these to keep our Centre going. Thank you to everyone involved for helping us to help more people affected by cancer.”
Sue Ryder provide incredible hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. It’s not just expert medical care that they provide. It’s the emotional support and practical things they take care of too. The Sue Ryder staff and volunteers do whatever they can to be a safety net for their patients and loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives.
Sue Ryder provides 2.7 million hours of care to thousands of people every year and they care for more conditions than any other UK Charities. With 11,000 volunteers at their hospices and care centres, they are truly passionate about giving people the care they want.
The Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed offers a range of support, from inpatient care in a 12-bed hospice to a 7-day community nursing service and day services, which helps people stay at home and provides respite to carers. Their expert care team includes doctors, nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational and complementary therapists, social workers, bereavement support workers and volunteer befrienders.
Stewart Marks, Hospice Director comments: “All care provided by Sue Ryder is free of charge. It costs us £3.1m each year to provide care at Nettlebed Hospice, out in the community and in people’s own homes. Only £800,000 of this will be given in statutory funding, meaning we need to raise £2.3m every year to keep running these invaluable services. To do this, we rely on support from our local community and we are extremely grateful that WalkWithMe have chosen us once again as their charity in 2018 and walkers will be fundraising for us – it really does make a difference.”
Registered Charity number: SC024414
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Registered Charity number: England and Wales 1052076
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